In 2014, our education programs brought principles of conflict transformation to hundreds of students in Worcester schools and in summer programs. We taught courses emphasizing communication skills and healthy power, trained peer mediators, and worked with teachers and administrators to develop an after-school enrichment program.
Conflict and Cooperation
12 nonviolence educators collaborated with 4 classroom teachers at the Sullivan Middle School on an 8-week course for 120 students. More than 400 students have participated in the Conflict and Cooperation course, which emphasizes skills in:
- conflict assessment and transformation
- cultivating empathy and managing frustration and anger
- building healthy friendships and relationships
- allying against violence and discrimination
Healthy Power, currently in third session at Sullivan Middle School, involves 10-12 male students in 8 or more weekly conversations on:
- exploring how conflict escalates and can be de-escalated
- handling anger constructively
- analyzing societal vies of masculinity
- developing healthy friendships and relationships
Peer Mediation Training & Program Support
- Trained Peer Mediators in 3 Worcester schools and supported programs in 2 schools. Currently training students.
- Mediators, with support from the Center and school staff, helped peers work through differences in more than 75 cases.
21st Century Community Learning Center
- One of two Community Partners on a state-funded, collaborative after school program at Sullivan Middle School.
- Provided 32 sessions in conflict assessment and transformation and Peer Mediation training for 50 students.
- Currently leading one of two 15-week programs for 50 students on social/ character development through peace building and speech/self-expression
Nonviolence/Leadership Training at Summer Camp
The Center provided 8 sessions for 20 young adults at First Unitarian Church’s Hogwart’s Camp focused on:
- skill-building in conflict assessment and transformation
- cultivating empathy and listening skills
Community Mediation Services
Community Mediation Services provided trained, experienced mediators to successfully assist numerous individuals and groups with confidential, voluntary dispute resolution in a neutral setting.
You can help us continue this great work in 2015 by donating to our Annual Appeal. All donations made by December 31, 2014 will be doubled by a generous anonymous donor!